Thursday, May 31, 2007

Our House, Is a Very, Very,Very Fine House






















Two more pictures for your enoyment. (Not going to let Mr. and Mrs. Bowes out-do us on the photo front!). On the bottom, our street. Please note the fact that the cars are parked on the sidewalk. And, this is a 2-way street. Also, note that these cars are approximately the size of a nice riding lawnmower. We saw a VW Golf, and it looked huge. No joke. Also, note the intense variability of the houses. We spend a lot of time on corners, arguing about which way to go. Every street looks like this. We're starting to navigate by the pubs: "Turn at the Black Swan. If you get to The HobGoblin ("Where Even Despair Goes to Die"), you've gone too far, luv."

On the subject of size, check out our milk carton, on the top. We have a teensy little fridge, and so we get milk in this leetle beetsy carton. As you can see, it's not much bigger than the apple. The whiskey comes separately, btw. And guess what? It's 29.90. But they won't tell you that. Lots of things are much smaller here. Yoghurt cartons, sodas (500ml, about 2/3 the size of Coke in the US), jars of spaghetti sauce.

Also, I'm not sure what to think about sweets. Bart tells me that the British don't have the sweet tooth of Americans. And I can confirm that the cocoa isn't as sweet, the yoghurt isn't as sweet, etc. But then there's William Cunningham, whose kitchen is dominated by the candy box (2 feet by 1.5 feet, no lid). And, more evidence, the candy aisle at the Tesco is huge. It's always crowded with people fussing over whether to buy 18 Mars bars or 18 caramel Cadbury's. Then there's the half-aisle devoted to cookies. And the prepared cakes in little boxes. And the refrigerator aisle given over to packaged cream rolls and jelly rolls. And the ice cream. And the frozen cakes. And, finally, the rows of boxes of sticks of cake. Yes, cake sticks. For tea, I guess.

So...the Brits don't like sugar. Or something. I'm a little confused.

3 comments:

JBizzel said...

Great pictures. And needless to say, I want to come and see that bookstore. All in all, the frequency of your posts is just what the doctor ordered. Keep it up. I get the feeling that Sarah and I will have short creative bursts from time to time, as opposed to the consistent wit and insight provided by you and yours.

Miriam said...

But is your house in the middle of the street? hah hah hah ....


And remember: a milky way there is a 3 musketeers here. a mars bar is a milky way. and the lion bar is the best.

Bart said...

Just to clarify, Brits use a lot less sugar in their cooking, but man, do they love chocolate...